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Jeevi rating: 1.5/5
: Tests your patience
Genre: Love
Geetha Arts
: Pawan Kalyan, Renu Desai, Raghuvaran, Geeta, Devi Charan, Lalitha Dubey, Mallikharjuna Rao, MS Narayana, Narsing Yadav, Brahmaji, Satya Prakash, Ali, Melkote, Punit Issar
Music: Ramana Gogula
Photography: Shyam Palav & Chota K Naidu
Dialogues: Satyanand
Art: Anand Sai
Editing: Yousuf Khan
Thrills: Vijay & Ridley
Costumes & Production designer: Renu Desai
Producer: Allu Arvind
Story - Screenplay - Direction: Pawan Kalyan
Theatrical release date: 25th April 2003


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Johnny (Pawan Kalyan) is an orphan and a martial arts coach. He falls in love with another orphan called Geetha (Renu Desai), who is a teacher. They get married. Later on, it is revealed that Geetha suffers from blood cancer. She needs lots of money to get operated. Rest of the story is about how Johnny managed to get the money through fights to save Geetha.


Pawan Kalyan: Pawan looks good in the get up of Johnny. He did extremely well in pathos scenes. His antics are very stylish in the beginning of the film. He did well in fights too. Pawan Kalyan looks rugged and manly with an exercised body.

Renu Desai: She is the perfect fit for the role of Geetha. She looks extremely homely in this film by wearing sarees and choodidaars. Her histrionics in hospital scenes are worth applauding.

Others: Devi Charan is impressive in the debut fight as Chinna Gouse. MS Narayana is good in the beginning of the film and became stale later. Mallikharjun did a good character role. Raghuvaran did the role of Pawan's father. Lalith Dubey did the role of English-speaking stepmother to Pawan Kalyan. Ali did a good role. Brahmaji did an unimportant role of police officer.

Technical Departments:

Story: There is no story in the film. Having the right kind of twist is very important for any story in the first half. But, the first half of this film is so plain that if they put 'The End' card during interval, it does not look odd. The first drawback of the film is lack of proper storyline.

Screenplay - Direction: Screenplay of 'Johnny' is pathetic. The scenic order is chaotic. Direction of the film is good in patches. The director did a sensible job when portraying the emotional scenes (from hero's side) in a proper way. The narration of the film is terribly slow.

Dialogues: I can't give a comment on these dialogues as most of the dialogues are not audible due to the 'spot dubbing technique' and other few dialogues can't be understood by the common Telugu viewer as they are written in Hyderabadi and Mumbayya Hindi.

Music: Background music of the film is incomplete. You can find some part of the film void of any background music. Three songs - Narazu kaaku, neelo nenoka sagamai and ee reyi teeyanidi - are good.

Other departments: Photography by Shyam Palav and Chota K Naidu is impressive. Editing by Yousuf Khan is not up to the mark. This film's length is almost 3 hours. Hence it makes you squirm in your seats. The local fights by Vijay and ring fights by international Ridley's team are good. The costumes of Pawan Kalyan are nice. These costumes suited his body language and his physique. Art by Anand Sai is good. Most of the interiors in this film are made with wood. The producer Allu Arvind could have taken more care in the script.

First half of the film is pretty slow. Second half is pathetic. There is no nativity in the film. The good points on the screen in this film are 3 songs, fights and the love track between Pawan and Renu in the first half. Pawan Kalyan lets the viewers down with his directorial capabilities. The main drawback of the film is lack of proper story and bad screenplay. One can watch this film with an academic interest to study how not to direct a film. This film has all style and no substance. Normal viewers can safely avoid watching this film.

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